Ace the osprey had caught a small fish.
He then changed directions in the air to head back to his nest.
An immature herring gull wanted the fish.
Ace tried to hold on to the fish so he could feed his mate Amelia………
Yeah! The ospreys are back at the lake!
They have been spotted from north to south and side to side on the shorelines.
This male osprey has gotten himself a fine fish for his supper.
I watched, amazed, as Hershey the smallest male bald eagle on the lake set his talons and took this huge carp.
Hershey weighs about 10 pounds. The common carp weighs at least 2 pounds.
Hershey never got the fish more than 3 feet above the water.
He essentially crashed landed on the shore and flopped over on the fish.
He stood up, jumped all over the carp, and eventually left the carp on the shore.
This is the only time I have seen any eagle take a carp!
Kate and Petruchio are looking directly at each other.
He is bringing in a fish.
She is impatient and wanting to feed the family.
Not sure I would want to be the recipient of either eagle’s glare.
Kate, the mother eagle, returning to the nest with a fish in her right foot.
When she steps down into the nest, she will keep her toes curled under.
In other words, she will walk on her knuckles to keep her sharp talons from hurting the chicks.
Suddenly Kate flung herself out of the nest. I couldn’t see a reason for her sudden leap.
I watched as she struggled against the gusting winds. Her head and body at an abnormal flight angle.
She regained the nest by jumping a limb that had fallen into the nest.
I think the falling limb had startled her badly enough for her to have momentarily left her chick(s).
Yes, I said chick(s) for it/they have hatched!
Everybody seems to be ok, whew!